Three Things To Watch: No.22 Wisconsin vs Rutgers

Three Things To Watch: No.22 Wisconsin vs Rutgers

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Three Things To Watch: No.22 Wisconsin vs Rutgers

3-POINTER: DISRUPTING EUGENE OMORUYI AND GEO BAKER

The combination of Eugene Omoruyi and Geo Baker make Rutgers go, as the two are averaging 15.1 and 14.6 points per game, respectively, and have combined to shoot 76-for-166 (45.7 percent) from the field. Both are also shooting well from three with Omoruyi hitting 45.5 percent (10-for-22) and Baker at 45 percent (18-for-40) from three.

As good as the duo has been shooting the ball this year, the two have trouble taking care of the ball. Omoruyi leads the team with 24 turnovers and Baker is second with 21. Baker only committed one turnover (a season-low) against Michigan State but Omoruyi has registered at least two in every contest, including at least five in three games. Needless to say, the opportunities to create extra offensive possessions against Rutgers will be there.

Tied for the team lead with eight steals, Khalil Iverson will likely draw the defensive assignment of defending Omoruyi. Iverson has registered a steal in four of Wisconsin’s last five games, as his ability to generate extra possessions could allow Wisconsin to generate some easy points in transition. Wisconsin is forcing an average of 11.8 turnovers per game and providing the necessary defensive pressure, without fouling, against Omoruyi and Baker should force Rutgers to meet its turnover average of 14.6 per game. It will also mean that Wisconsin has forced somebody besides Omoruyi and Baker to beat them.

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